Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT016

Italy / Venice Lands Short Break

Venice Lagoon round tour

Cycling this sophisticated corner of Italy is a real pleasure: admire the elegant villas of the Venetian nobility, scattered in the whole region... explore the timeless fascination of Venice by foot and by water... take a walk in charming Chioggia, affectionately known as “Little Venice”... take a relaxing break among the hills in the largest European thermal resort...discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Mestre
    Individual arrival.
     
    2. Mestre – Chioggia (35 km)
    Leaving Mestre this morning, you will head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge “della Libertà”, then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you will take a ferry along the Giudecca canal to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on the two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: Lido and Pellestrina.
     
    3. Chioggia – Padua thermal district (55 km)
    You will be pedalling along the river Bacchiglione, which carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago. Once at the foot of the Euganean Hills, you will have the chance to relax in a 4* spa resort in the largest European thermal district.


     

    4. Padua thermal district – Mestre/Venice (55 km)
    Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities and rich in art and history. From here, along the Piovego Canal, you will reach Stra and will follow the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Villa Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice mainland. You can choose to overnight in Venice with a supplement.
    Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, and also to push your bike by hand.

     

    5. Mestre/Venice
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 145 km
    • Total vertical up: 0 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4 


    The itinerary is completely in the lowlands. You ride on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths.

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people. This tour is also suitable for children. 

     

     

  • How to get there

    Mestre is connected with the following airports:
    Venice: 10 km, Treviso: 35 km, Verona 120 km, Bergamo 220 km.

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels.
    The overnight in Padua thermal district will be in a 4* Wellness Hotel with swimming pools.

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

    On request 4th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with bike return in Mestre.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    - Standard road bike with carbon fork
    - E-bike
    - Tandem

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    You can also rent helmets for adults as well as children’s bikes and devices:
    - Child seat: it is suitable for a maximum payload of 22 kg (0-4 yrs).
    - Child trailer: with one seat and suitable for children who cannot ride a bike (0-4 yrs). The child trailer is designed for a maximum payload of 30 kg. More info on www.croozer.com.
    - Follow-me tandem: a clever latch system enables the child's bike to lock firmly onto the tail of the adult bike as and when necessary (4-7 yrs). Adjustable only for the kids bike wheels size 20". The maximum weight of the child can be 27 kg. More info on www.followmetandem.co.uk
    - Child bikes: bike frames with 20” and 24” wheels
    - Family tandem: this is an innovative solution for cycling with one child (aged 4-12).

     

    Please note that child seats, child trailers and follow-me tandems can only be mounted on unisex City bikes 27-gear Shimano Deore.

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    - hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing
    In Mestre you will meet our representative who:
    - will present you the tour
    - will deliver you the bikes
    - will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Staff support
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 1 Client reviews
    • Susan, UK

      Departure 2017

      Online from 28 June 2017

      This was our first self guided bike tour with Girolibero.
      It was ideal starting from Mestre as both on our arrival day & the day we finished, we were able to get the bus into Venice for the afternoon & evenings.
      The bikes were well maintained & comfortable and were ideal for the terrain. The routes were well marked, mainly very little traffic & there was plenty time to stop off & enjoy the countryside. We only went wrong once - too much chatting!!
      It was lovely cycling along rivers & canals with plenty wildlife to spot along the way.
      All the hotels were very comfortable & offered a great buffet breakfast & we all enjoyed having the pool in Chioggia. The hill up to the hotel in Vicenza was a challenge at the end of the day but worth it for the fabulous views of the city.
      Having our private water taxi to take us to the Lido ( due to transport strike ) was great fun & much better than arriving on the car ferry! We also managed a swim along the lido.
      A great week cycling at home just won't be the same.

      Regards
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Tour details

 

from 395 €

5 Days / 4 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type

self-guided

 

Departures

TU, WE 2.04 - 9.10.2019

Special departures dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 2.04-19.04 and 30.09-9.10.2019
Season 2: 20.04-21.06 and 5.09-29.09.2019
Season 3: 22.06-4.09.2019

 

Price per person

395 € in double room, 3/4* hotels

 

Included

  • 4-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transportation
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Hotline service

 

Not included

  • Ferry-boat transfers on day 2 (alltogether about 25 € per person, bike incl.)
  • Local taxes (approx. 8 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person
110 € single room
70 € season 2
100 € season 3
55 € Girolibero bike
120 € E-bike
80 € child trailer
15 € helmet

 

Additional free accessories for children on demand:
- Child seat
- FollowMe-Tandem (to connect parent’s and child’s bikes)
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
65/90 € in Mestre
from 90/150 € in Venice*
*on request 4th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre, with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.

 

Reductions
70 € 3rd adult in room

 

Children reductions
The reduction for the 3rd/4th child in room will be calculated on the basic price and seasons supplements according to the following table:
100% 0-2 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
50% 3-6 years
30% 7-10 years

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